Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Directed by Howard Hawks.  Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, George Winslow (91 min)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was in heavy rotation at our house when my daughter’s age was still in the single digits.  She enjoyed the strong friendship between the two powerful female characters (much easier to understand than the romances) the brassy color, the songs and the comedy. Just like adult viewers!  There are two “romantic” suitors we are supposed to take seriously; played by Tommy Noonan and Elliot Reid (who?) and two comic suitors, Sir Francis Beekman, a doddering millionaire played by Charles Coburn and Henry Spofford, literally a boy; George “Foghorn” Winslow.  The latter comedy actors are veterans of Hawks’ earlier film, Monkey Business. My daughter adored Winslow, finding him completely hilarious as a kid herself.  The romantic objects of affection, bland and annoying, are completely outmatched by the stunning Lorelei and Dorothy, embodied by goddess-like Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.

Read the rest of the essay on Gentleman Prefer Blondes at rogerebert.com

 

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